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What is Asbestos?
Asbestos is a natural mineral that was widely used as a building material in the UK between 1950's to the 1980's. As it is resistant to heat, fire, electricity, a good insulator and is very hard wearing, it was used for a variety of purposes.
There are 3 types of asbestos:
- Blue asbestos (crocidolite)
- Blue and brown asbestos (amosite)
- White asbestos (chrysotile)
The use of amosite and crocidolite began to be phased out in the 1969 when strict guidance was introduced to the industry, although neither were formally banned in the UK until 1st January 1986 with the introduction of Asbestos (Prohibitions) Regulations 1985, chrysotile was finally banned in the UK in 1999. Because of shelf life for certain products it can be established that any building built before 2000 may contain Asbestos.
- Places you may find Asbestos:
- Floor and ceiling tiles
- Pipe Insulation
- Corrugated cement sheets
- Eaves, gutters and rainwater pipes
- Roof slates and roofing tiles
- Roof and wall cladding
- Boiler flue
- Warm Air Units
- Water tanks and cisterns
- Textured 'Artex' ceilings
- Fire Doors
- Partition Walls
- Iron board pads
- Older electric fuses and fuse boards
Asbestos is often mixed with other materials so sometimes it is hard to know whether it is present or not. If you are unsure whether a material within your home contains asbestos, you should err on the side of caution and assume that it does.
The Health and Safety Executive can provide further information on the health risks associated with asbestos and asbestos removal.
Aberdeen City Council tenants can contact Asset Policy (Housing) 01224 522996 should they have concerns about asbestos within their home. An asbestos survey and material sampling can then be carried out to determine the risk within the premises. Asbestos will then either be managed should it be in good condition or removed if it poses a risk to health.
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Aberdeen City Council
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Phone: 03000 200 292